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A cross-genre triumph,
This review is from: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers - A Canterbury Tale (Paperback)
If you're into zombie tales, you'll love this book. If you're a Robin Hood fan, you'll love this book. If you adore Chaucer, you'll love this book. If you're a fan of zombie tales, Robin Hood, and Chaucer - you must have already read this book, because before Paul Freeman wrote this work, I doubt if such a fan existed. This is cross-genre writing with a vengeance. I came to it as a Chaucer fan, who remembers liking Robin Hood as a child, but who has never had much to do with zombie tales. I found in this astonishing work the spirit of Chaucer living on: immaculate iambic pentameter rhyming couplets that never falter and therefore become invisible; great wit; great storytelling; vibrant characters; fabulous drama. I also relived my childhood enjoyment of the tales of Robin Hood. I won't give away the ending here, but will just say it's genuinely moving and is told with authenticity and a clear love for the traditional tales of one of England's best heroes. As for the zombies... `She pulled him from the gore-bespattered mound, / Where strugg'ling for his life upon the ground / His body was immobilized by hands / Which soon plucked out his guts in glist'ning strands.' Horror fans will not be disappointed. This stuff rocks.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2013 21:24:37 BDT
Simon Barrett says:
Chaucer? In the first place, embroildèd is wrong in the very second line; it should be embroilèd.
Chaucer was not taking the piss
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